Switzerland were one of the first countries to reveal their plans for the 2008 contest when they announced in November that Paolo Meneguzzi would be their representative. They have now revealed the song. It’s called ‘Era Stupendo’ (It was Wonderful). As seems to happen every year now, there are accusations of plagiarism, with some alleging similarities with a song by Amy Diamond. There seems little possibility of the song being disqualified as a result of this. The views of those that have heard the Amy Diamond song seem to be firmly on the side of Paolo and can’t see the similarity.
Paolo was born in Mendrisio in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland and close to the Italian border, in 1976.
His first success came in Chile at the age of 19 when he won the Miña del Mar Festival with the song ‘Aria’. He is now an established artist in Italy, participating in the famous Sanremo festival 4 times. His song from the festival last year, ‘Musica’ was a massive hit and stayed at the top of the Italian charts for 6 weeks. He is in the festival this year too, with the song ‘Grande’. This year’s festival finishes 1st March, only a couple of months before he arrives in Belgrade. No time for him to get bored, then.
Whatever the viewing public make of the song, he is sure to give it a solid performance in the 2nd semi-final on 22nd May.